S-Space College of Humanities (인문대학) English Language and Literature (영어영문학과) 영학논집(English Studies) 영학논집(English Studies) No.37 (2017)
클로디아의 손때 묻은 역사의 복원: 『가장 푸른 눈』과 블루스
Claudias Restoration of Hand-Stained History: The Bluest Eye and Blues
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- 서울대학교 인문대학 영어영문학과
- 영학논집, Vol.37, pp. 1-14
- This paper explores how Blues resists the language of mass media in Toni Morrisons The Bluest Eye. Mass media reproduce and spread commodified images of white feminine beauty which is idealized from the viewpoint of white men. Encountering these images repeatedly, girls are socialized to imitate them and sexualized by men. Pecola, who is an ugly black girl in the novel, imagines that she can erase her black body and identifies with images of white girls. The more Pecola digests those images, the more her body loses corporeality and becomes abstract. Claudia, another black girl, however, thinks that by removing her bodily traits she loses her memory and history engraved in her skin. Pecola, who prays to transform into a pretty white girl, is not be able to see her black body and eventually goes mad. Mass media does not register Pecolas history and even the black community does not remember her. Her dead baby symbolizes the lifeless future of the black community where nothing is remembered and cherished. Having grown up, Claudia tries to remember and create meaning to Pecolas tragedy. For this, Claudia goes back to Blues her mother used to sing, which purifies the body from abstract images of mass media. In the end, Claudias Blues which is not separated from bodily experience, leaves mysophobic white culture hand-stained.